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Beyoncé makes history as the first Black woman artist to top country charts

Beyoncé makes history as the first Black woman artist to top country charts
Posted at 3:12 PM, Feb 20, 2024

In a month dedicated to honoring and celebrating Black history and excellence, Beyoncé just made some history of her own by becoming the first-ever Black woman artist with a No. 1 country song. “Texas Hold ‘Em” debuted in the top spot on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart.

The superstar announced new music in a commercial that aired during the Super Bowl on Feb. 11, sending the internet into a frenzy as fans searched for the tracks. Two songs, “Texas Hold ‘Em” and “16 Carriages,” became available that night as Beyoncé announced an upcoming album due out March 29. “16 Carriages” also cracked the top 10 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart, coming in at No. 9.

Billboard is considered the standard bearer when it comes to music charting and is responsible for the all-genre Billboard Hot 100 as well — on which “Texas Hold ‘Em” and “16 Carriages” rank No. 2 and No. 38, respectively.

Beyoncé is no stranger to topping the charts, nor is she a stranger to expertly hopping genres. As a solo artist alone, she’s claimed the top spot on the Hot 100, Hot Dance/Electronic Songs, Hot Gospel Songs, Hot Latin Songs, Hot R&B Songs and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts. She’s also the only artist to have achieved No. 1s in that combination of rankings, reported Billboard.

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But this latest jewel in Queen Bey’s crown is especially meaningful for some, as she’s excelling in a genre Black people — and Black women particularly — haven’t been celebrated or elevated in. Despite country’s roots originating in Black culture, the genre has long been co-opted and dominated by white men and marketed to white audiences.

In a recent story from Popsugar, Prana Supreme Diggs was one of several Black female country musicians profiled in the piece. She and others weighed in on what Beyoncé’s country tracks mean for the genre and for Black women’s place in it.

“Black Americans, so much of our history is rooted in the South,” Diggs told Popsugar reporter Lena Felton. “Country is just as much a part of the fabric of Black culture as hip-hop is.”

Diggs performs with her mother Tekitha under the name O.N.E. the Duo. “In the Black and country community, we’ve really been needing a champion,” Tekitha Diggs told Felton in the same interview. “We’ve been needing someone who can kind of blow the door open and to recognize our voice is important in this genre.”

Congratulations to Beyoncé on this history-making moment, one that will hopefully usher in an era of more inclusion in the country genre — particularly for Black women.

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